AFL finally gets their MRP act together

The AFL has today announced sweeping changes to the match review panel ahead of the 2018 season, with fines, reviews and bad record loading amongst a swathe of changes. One of the most significant changes is long-time MRP member Michael Cristian becoming the sole match review official under the new system, replacing the panel of former players. Where the MRP was previously independent from the ... Continue Reading »

2017 in review part 3: second half of the season

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 This is the third article in a series of five, where I'll be analysing the Sydney Swans' season, from pre-season through to finals, including expectations and performances, what went right and what went wrong, and finally the players. In this article I will be analysing the clubs' second half of the season performance, what they did well ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans to do it tough in 2018, before coming home with a wet sail

The AFL has released their home & away fixtures for season 2018 today, and the Swans are one of the big winners. Playing an incredible 12 night matches, and 20 of 22 matches between Sydney and Melbourne, they travel to Perth just once at the start of the season. But where the Swans win out with preferential treatment on Thursday and Friday night matches, their ... Continue Reading »

Alex Johnson on the outer, joined by Sam Fisher

Today the Sydney Swans announced two more list changes to their side ahead of the 2018 season. Premiership player Alex Johnson has been informed that he will not be offered a senior contract for 2018, but could still be drafted by the Sydney Swans in the Rookie Draft. The Swans recruited the defender with pick 57 in the 2010 AFL Draft, making his debut in ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans win blockbuster draw for 2018

The Sydney Swans' remarkable turn around on the field in season 2017, as well as the continued growth of the club off the field, has seen them win out in a colossal blockbuster draw. The Swans faithful in Melbourne will enjoy an even better fixture than 2017, with the Swans playing 8 games in Victoria. The Victorian fans will have to wait four weeks to ... Continue Reading »

The face behind the lens of the camera

Today's announcement by the Richmond football club, finally put a name and face to the player behind the "Richmond Topless Girl" scandal. Between consenting adults, there's a time and place for everything. But with the proliferation of digital devices, cloud computing and ease of use, what was considered private 30 years ago has little resemblance on privacy today. To put it bluntly, Nathan Broad did ... Continue Reading »

2018 AFL Round 1 Fixtures: Sydney Swans to christen Perth Stadium with a win

Round 1 of the 2018 AFL fixture has been revealed, and the Sydney Swans have the notable honour of being the first away side to play at the new Perth Stadium. Sydney’s hosts for the Sunday March 25th match will be the West Coast Eagles, who've recently lost 1,485 games of experience, and two Brownlow Medalists from their side. While the trip west ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans late flurry shores up picks for 2018

The Sydney Swans have finally entered the 2018 trade merry-go-round, trading rising Category B Rookie Sam Murray to Collingwood, with future picks exchanged. https://twitter.com/aflratings/status/920809239378927623 Will full knowledge that landing Nick Blakey in 2018 may well be mission impossible without improved 2018 picks, the Swans agreed terms with Collingwood last night. The Swans have parted ways with Sam Murray, their 2017 ... Continue Reading »

2017 in review part 2: first half of the season

Part 1 - Part 2 This is the second article in a series of five, where I'll be analysing the Sydney Swans' season, from pre-season through to finals, including expectations and performances, what went right and what went wrong, and finally the players. In this article I will be analysing the clubs' first half of the season performance, what they did well and what could ... Continue Reading »

Brendan's Sydney Swans 2017 player review, part 2

Well since everyone enjoyed the first one, I thought I wouldn’t leave you hanging for too long. My last review, part 1, looked at the "top tier players", the ones I regard as key, irreplaceable, untradeable. This report will go into detail the role of our mid tier players, those that are crucial in a premiership winning side. There's a saying that “every top ... Continue Reading »

The Swans Blog is 1 - happy birthday!

We love birthday's at the blog, perhaps more than anyone else. But hey, who doesn't love a good birthday, cake and cider. Well, cider's not for everyone, but it's certainly for me! But where people usually receive gifts on their birthday, we're in a giving mood and we'd love to reward our loyal followers. How do we reward all of our followers, you might be ... Continue Reading »

Sydney Swans coaching shuffle still beating strong

West Coast champion Dean Cox has some big shoes to fill when he takes over the ruck coaching duties at the Sydney Swans this week. Stephen Taubert, a larger than life figure, with a distinguished playing career, returned to the Sydney Swans in 1999 to take up a part-time specialist ruck coaching role. After 18 years in the role, working with some of the competition's ... Continue Reading »

Sydney nail big Cox to go with little Johnson

The birds have scattered in the Sydney Swans’ coaching box – but it is certainly not crap that has landed. On Monday, the West Coast Eagles announced favourite son Dean Cox would depart for Sydney to take up an assistant coaching role with the Swans. One of the greatest of all-time in his position, the big ruckman played 290 games over 14 seasons in the AFL, ... Continue Reading »

SwansCast LIVE during the 2017 AFL Trade Period

The SwansCast crew is returning on Wednesday morning, broadcasting LIVE on Facebook from 11.30am, bringing you the latest and greatest Sydney Swans and AFL news. Following the success of our first ever live podcast, hosts Justin Mitchell, Stephen Treloar and Myles Stedman will be joined by our confirmed guests Rohan Connolly, Adam Curley, Adam Child and Jared Crouch. The AFL Trade period is one ... Continue Reading »

2017 Bob Skilton Awards

The Sydney Swans 2017 Bob Skilton Awards ceremony was held tonight with vice-captain Luke Parker taking out his second Bob Skilton Medal, affirming his status as one of the clubs' great players. Lance Franklin and Jake Lloyd finished equal second just behind Luke Parker. Congratulations Luke Parker for a superb season! Club player life memberships Life memberships are awarded to players that play in 150 ... Continue Reading »